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By R. Kyle Barnett, MD Abnormal liver tests occur in approximately 3-5% of pregnant women. For some women, test results that would otherwise suggest liver or gallbladder dysfunction in a non-pregnant woman may, in fact, be normal in a pregnant woman. Abnormal test results should be evaluated by a specialist since some diseases, newly diagnosed […]

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Liver Cirrhosis is a dangerous, sometimes deadly, disease caused by various risk factors. According to the American College of Gastroenterology liver cirrhosis affects approximately 5.5 million people in the United States, causing 26,000 deaths each year. It is among the top ten killers of adults age 25-64. What is Cirrhosis? Chronic liver injury eventually causes […]

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By Christopher S. Cutler, M.D. The American Cancer Society estimates that 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year, and 28,000 will die from this disease. But routine screening of the general population is not recommended. So who should be screened? The following people should be screened for liver cancer: All people with […]

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May 9, 2017

by Dr. Steven Desautels This blog is intended to be an introduction to hepatitis with an emphasis on some of the more common causes. Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. It can broadly be differentiated into acute (<6 months) or chronic. 1. ACUTE HEPATITIS Acute hepatitis may be accompanied by fatigue, […]

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For patients with chronic liver disease, getting another acute disease such as hepatitis, influenza, or pneumococcal pneumonia may be more serious than for people without underlying liver disease. Therefore, immunization against these diseases is very important. Patients with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, hemochromatosis, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, […]

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Hepatitis C is a virus which may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer if left untreated. It is the leading reason for liver transplantation in the United States. There are 3.2 million people in the U.S. infected with this virus, and 50% of those people do not even know they have it. Most of the […]

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